"We consider this month sacred as Lord Buddha was born in this month. He also attained Nirvana in this month. We celebrate the end of the month with special rituals," said the chairman of the local Tibetan assembly, Khenpo Pema.
About 4500 Tibetans live in the five camps at Chandragiri, Takillipada, Labarsingh, Jiranga and Mahendragada in Gajapati district since 1964, when they left from their home land in Tibet along with their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
"Around 230 monks, along with settlers from all the camps performed special rituals and prayed for world peace, led by Gyetrul Jigmey Rinpoche, the main monk of the monastery at Jiranga," Pema, who is also the in-charge of the monastery, said.
They perform the special ritual without uttering a word or taking food or water, he added.